• 23 St Machar Drive, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences

      AB24 2TZ Aberdeen

    • 308 Citations
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    I provide crop, energy and evironmental predictions predictions as part of a consortium on the FAB-GGR project (bioenergy and carbon capture). I administer the development of the global MiscanFor model for bioenergy crop growth, environmental effects and energy production. I have modified the model to use at two spatial scales under climate scenarios, administered development of a new interface, and extended the model from its previous version, with modified water restriction on growth, two alternate evapo-transpiration modules, development of two alternate soil carbon sequestration-decomposition procedures, and enhanced plotting capability for a greater range of parameters.

    Under my industrial fellowship, I have been working with a partner company and its growers to refine crop yield in commerical settings.

    Previously, I was an agri-environmental modeller in sustainable grassland and nutrient cycling working at Rothamsted Research for 9.5 years, and previously to that I worked in Canadian agriculture to model water resources and drought occurrence. I use agri-systems models to provide future scenarios under different management systems or climate changes. 


    Research Overview:


    Research Fellow: Modeller of carbon cycling & bioenergy crops University of Aberdeen December 2017 – Present

    Research Scientist: Agri-Environmental Systems Modeller Rothamsted Research March 2008 – August 2017 (9 years 6 months)

    Research Scientist: University of Lethbridge September 2006 – December 2007 (1 year 4 months)


    Climate Change Specialist: Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development; Irrigation Branch May 2004 – September 2006 (2 years 5 months)

    Researcher University of Lethbridge  September 2003 – May 2004 (9 months)

    Post-Doc & Term Research Scientist

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada October 1999 – September 2003 (4 years)

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    Research Output 2002 2019

    Global Bioenergy Crop Growth Projections and Efficiencies

    Shepherd, A., Mar 2019, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    water use

    Metrics of biomass, live-weight gain and nitrogen loss of ryegrass sheep pasture in the 21st century

    Shepherd, A., Hartman, M. D., Fitton, N., Horrocks, C. A., Dunn, R. M., Hastings, A. & Cardenas, L. M., 1 Oct 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 685, p. 428-441 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    twenty first century
    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Climate change and hydrology at the prairie margin: historic and prospective future flows of Canada's Red Deer and other Rocky Mountain river

    Philipsen, L. J., Gill, K. M., Shepherd, A. & Rood, S. B., 15 Aug 2018, In : Hydrological Processes. 32, 17, p. 2669-2684 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    climate change
    Open Access
    soil organic matter
    6 Downloads (Pure)

    Historic record of pasture soil water and the influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation in south-west England

    Shepherd, A., Atuhaire, W., Wu, L., Hogan, D., Dunn, R. & Cardenas, L., Feb 2017, In : Hydrology Research. 48, 1, p. 277-294 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    North Atlantic Oscillation
    soil moisture
    soil water

    Activities 2017 2018

    • 2 Membership of research network
    • 1 Peer review of manuscripts

    IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) (Journal)

    Anita Shepherd (Peer Review)
    Jul 2018Feb 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

    BC College of Applied Biology, Canada (External organisation)

    Anita Shepherd (Member)
    1 Dec 2017 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of research network

    Royal Society of Biology (External organisation)

    Anita Shepherd (Member)
    1 Dec 2017 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of research network